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The fight for local news can bring journalists and communities closer together

When E.W. Scripps closed the Rocky Mountain News in February of 2009, Kimberly Humphreys wasn’t going to take it lying down. Then an editor at the daily paper, which still had 200,000 paying subscribers, Humphreys launched a public awareness campaign called IWantMyRocky.com. “One thing I have realized,” Humphreys told […]
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How Digital News Startups Choose Between For-Profit and Non-Profit Status

Chris Groskopf and Tasneem Raja (Photo by Jamie Maldonado) Last spring, when Tasneem Raja and her husband, Chris Groskopf, launched a hyper-local digital magazine in Tyler, Texas, they were more newsroom colleagues than business partners. The longtime journalists spent the first six months filling The Tyler Loop with data […]
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Why do reporters take the risk to start a media business? These answers might surprise you.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Why do reporters take the risk to start a media business? These answers might surprise you. The business models for journalism startups are not all that complicated after all: Here’s why dozens of reporters got started on their own enterprise. After more than […]
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How can local independent news orgs build successful membership programs?

“Don’t substitute the word ‘interest’ for ‘value.’ People might be interested in a car crash, but don’t value it enough to pay for it.” Would free pizzas offered by a local pizza restaurant entice you to subscribe to your hyperlocal online news source? That’s one approach Covering Katy , […]
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Study shows word of mouth still top way readers prefer to share hyperlocal news

LAWRENCE — In this age of social media and electronic communication, many people receive and share their news via social media. But a new study shows that, when it comes to hyperlocal news, more people still tend to share the news they read via face-to-face communication rather than by […]
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Let’s stop talking about how we value local journalism and do something

Commentary Photo via Shutterstock The conversation so far: It’s our final week focusing on what keeps journalists in local newsrooms. So far we’ve learned that pay matters, but it’s not just about pay . We heard from a journalist who stayed in local because she loves the connection to […]
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Local Fix: A Rural Journalism Lab, An Entrepreneurial Spirit, A Model for Impact

Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. But first, we always begin with one good idea… One Good Idea: Pick a Pitch How do you ask your community for support? Public broadcasting […]
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How a local paper built a tool to measure impact

Anjanette Delgado, digital director of The Journal News, lohud.com and the Poughkeepsie Journal, with the newest version of her Impact Tracker. Photo by Karen K. Ho How do you measure impact? Many publishers are looking to outside sources for funding through foundations, investors, and subscriptions. In addition to analyzing […]
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